My question is has anyone else out there gone through this type of treatment. I'm on a fentanyl patch(100mcg/h)for the pain. It's a worker's comp case & i'm at the mercy of their doctors. I had 3 disks fused.
Workman's comp and those Drs who do workmen's comp-it is their job to get you back to work as quick as possible. They have the best interests of the company in mind, not your best interests. You are much better off getting your own doctor and just pursue help yourself. Unless you have money and resources, you wont get anything out of workmen's comp. So basically, it their job not to believe you. I was originally hurt on the job too and I even sued the first time they threw me out of the system. I won my case but it got me absolutely nothing then they threw me out again and I didnt have the money to keep suing for care so I ended up just using my own insurances and Drs. I have been in pain management since 2004. I know exactly what you are going through with workmen's comp.
They will belittle you and tell you that there is no way you are having pain and that there is nothing wrong. I truly think you could walk around with your intestines hanging out of a hole in your belly and they would tell you there is nothing wrong with you!! If you want care, you are better off just getting out of that system and taking care of it on your own.
DO NOT let the Drs. bully you! After my first surgery I was hurting very bad. I just thought this was normal so I went back to work three weeks later. Oh what a mistake. I made it 6 weeks, I told my Dr repeatedly how much I hurt. His big reply was therapy therapy. Ya till I couldn't walk. So he had me take another MRI and boy did his demeanor change. My point is you know your body, not the Dr. If your hurting, insist that its not just the normal healing pain. Maybe another MRI would be helpful? I found that you need to sit down and make your Dr. realize that your not just wanting pain meds or more time off. Something in your back is wrong and just because you had surgery does not mean its fixed. A year later and my Dr admitted that my 2 surgeries failed., it happens. Do not go back to work until your comfortable with your backs condition.
Failed back surgeries are a fact of life, sad but true, only time maybe some physical therapy. I know a few people who have had 2nd and 3rd back surgeries to no avail. It may straighten out with therapy or not. your doctor is the best bet right now. I believe you are entitled to a second opinion even with W.C. Hope all goes well
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